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I just got my african grey, hasn't even been 2 full days yet, but he'll take food from my hand. Either having it from the palm of my hand, or between my thumb and index finger. He was a tame bird, he's just not bonded with me yet. I can stick my hand in the cage and he doesn't care. We have little conversations of clicks, words, and whistles. Am I doing everything right? I mean am I going to fast/slow? If I get too close with my finger (Like 1 cm.) without a treat he'll bite. It was harder, but know it's getting softer. Opinions, comments, questions? THANKS


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Thanks. Should I just have my hand in the cage now and everyday get a little bit closer?


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I agree with Jenny, it sounds as if you are doing well. And I don't think that would be a bad idea. Continue feeding treats and talking to him, moving your fingers near him. Have you let him out of the cage yet?




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Everything sounds great so far. I'm glad things are going so well for you.


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First, congrats on Scully - love the name! Have you posted pics of him yet?

When I brought Tiya home, I knew I could handle her because I did at her old home... did you see anyone handling Scully when you went to go get him? That helps a little if you did, because you could see how he handled it... I know Tiya moves slowly, and will test with her beak (not bite at all, just make sure the hand is stable) before getting on.

I would let Scully come out of his cage as some birds don't enjoy hands in their personal space... he may be a little less inclined to bite if he is more in the open and less secure of his space... he may look to you to help him more. But it is all early, so no need to rush - you sound like you are doing well interacting with him and he is relaxed and talking and happy, so that tells me you are doing a great job!

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I think you're doing fine, just perservere with him and all will be will. He seems to trust you quite a lot if he allows you to come into his cage without him caring much.

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Abby, I'll try to post some pics soon. Well, when I got him to step up on my fingers from the transport cage, he decided otherwise.... He went onto the cage door and climbed up. We got him down, but that came with some bites! Then the next day, while I was looking in his food tray for seeds I could give him as treats, he climbed out. I found he liked a picture of another african grey on a book, but that couldn't get him IN the cage.(It would be pretty hard to get in the cage from any side.) I tried those practice golf balls (the small wiffle balls) and we were playing fetch! Finally my dumb poodle Mylee scared him down to the ground and he steped up without a bite! So, I figured out that he would only step up in an area where he's helpless.
Yes Ace, I did see how he was handled, but he wod't step up if he's in the cage for me.

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I'm not sure if this is true, but I heard if a bird is in a scary situation and are perhaps majorly startled, and you pick them up at that time, they associate you with what happened, and so they remember the fear when they see you, and this could therefore be bad. Is this true?

Also, that is how Kiki used to be, if she would fly off her cage and she was on the ground, she would step up with no problem, as if she was the best behaved bird around.

How are the bites in your opinion?




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I don't know, but Scully isn't shaking anymore like he was on the first day.
The bites were hard and Scully would try to bite my fingers if I had them in the cage anywhere from 1 to 3 inches away from him. Now I try to respect his space and he now doesn't really care if I have my hand/fingers close to him, he just doesn't want me closer than 1 inch. His bites now are usually accidental and soft like if hes tries really fast to get a seed or toy I'm holding, but he will nip softly if I have my hand to close to him on the perch or if I'm to close.


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